Monday, September 29, 2008

Tories to scrap child database

The Conservative Party have been determined to scrap the government's National Identity Register project for the last two years. They have now also realised the dangers of the parallel ContactPoint database of all 11 million children in England, which we wrote about for the Information Commissioner's Office in 2006. Shadow Schools Secretary Michael Gove today told the Daily Telegraph:

"ContactPoint can never be secure. We are taking this action because we are determined to protect vulnerable children from abuse, ConactPoint would increase that risk. The government has proved that it cannot be trusted to set up large databases, and cannot promise that inappropriate people would not be able to access the database. It would be irresponsible to implement something that is such a danger to our children. After all the problems we have with this government losing sensitive data we need to do things differently. We need to invest in people. Strengthening relationships, not building another Big Brother system."


Ian smith said...

The Tories are to step up pressure on the government over the risks posed by the ContactPoint national child database after children's minister Kevin Brennan denied that a report from consultants warned of "a number of security failings" in the way it has been set up. Brennan told MPs the database "has been developed very much with security in mind" to increase child protection.

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Citizen Dave said...

This is great news for the IT industry. A quarter of a billion project scrapped, and there's bound to be a replacement started by the Tories. Some lucky systems integrator has a half billion bonanza coming.